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New Report on AI, Sustainability and Agenda 2030

Published: November 28, 2023

Participants at the AI for Humanity and Society 2023 workshops. Photo: Charlotte Carlberg

Artificial intelligence (AI) impacts our journey in reaching the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals in more ways than one. In the newly published WASP-HS report “AI, sustainability and Agenda 2030”, the conclusions from the community reference meeting that took place on October 4 are presented.

The environmental impact of AI extends beyond energy use, and efforts to make environmental data politically actionable need careful consideration. Emerging AI technologies in healthcare may lack the necessary competencies to ensure benefits for historically disadvantaged groups. Researchers suggests a need for increased focus on implementing technology at the local level to address this issue. These are some of the main challenges raised in the new report “AI, Sustainability and Agenda 2030”.

Collected Insights from Expert Discussions

The report is based on the discussions that transpired during the anticipated WASP-HS event on October 4, 2023, with the same title AI, Sustainability and Agenda 2030. Led by distinguished researchers and experts closely associated with the WASP-HS program, these discussions provided valuable perspectives on the impact, and role, that AI has related to sustainability and Agenda 2030. The report authors, renowned in their respective domains within the business sector, contribute their expertise to offer invaluable insights into this significant subject matter. The authors of this report, representing a diverse range of backgrounds and expertise, are as follows:

Adam Wickberg, Docent of History of Science, Technology and Environment at KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Eirini Kaklopoulou, PhD student in Human-Computer Interaction at Umeå University

Erik Ljungberg, PhD student at KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Ericka Johnson, Professor of Gender Studies at Linköping University

Jonas Ivarsson, Professor in Informatics at University of Gothenburg

Pedro Sanches, Assistant Professor in Human-Centerered Artificial Intelligence at Umeå University

Ricardo Vinuesa, Associate Professor, Vice Director of KTH Digitalization Platform, Lead Faculty at KTH Climate Action Centre

Sabine Höhler, Professor of Science and Technology Studies at KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Teresa Almeida, Associate Professor in Human-Computer Interaction at Umeå University

Virginia Dignum, Professor at the Department of Computing Science at Umeå University

Available to All

The AI, Sustainability and Agenda 2030 report is freely accessible to all, allowing educators, policymakers, and stakeholders to gain valuable insights into the impact of AI on children’s education and contribute to the responsible implementation of AI systems in the educational sphere.

Download the report AI, Sustainability and Agenda 2030.